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Saturday 3 December 2016

Fairy tablets thief soiled station interview room

Garda John Altendorf told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the room was cleared for health and safety reasons and the interview came to an end
Garda John Altendorf told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the room was cleared for health and safety reasons and the interview came to an end

A serial thief who deliberately defecated in the corner of an interview room while being questioned by gardai has been jailed for 16 months for this and stealing Fairy Liquid tablets.

Alan Stone (33) told gardai a number of times that he needed to go to the toilet but refused to be escorted back to his cell.

Stone eventually went to the corner of the interview room, pulled down his trousers and underwear, squatted and defecated, using the seal from the video tapes of interview to wipe himself.

Garda John Altendorf told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that the room was cleared for health and safety reasons and the interview came to an end.

It cost €131 to clean the interview room.

Stone, of Amien Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to stealing two boxes of Fairy Liquid Tabs from Centra, Dame Street and damaging an interview room by defecating on the floor on April 28, 2015.

He has 165 previous convictions mainly for theft.

He was being questioned at the time after stealing Fairy Liquid tablets, worth €16, from a convenience store.

Addiction

Gda Altendorf told Roisin Lacey BL, prosecuting, that it was his understanding that Stone regularly stole the detergent products to fund his chronic heroin addiction.

He agreed with Judge Martin Nolan that this was unusual, saying: "I have never come across it before."

The judge replied that it was "new in this court". He jailed Stone for 16 months adding that if he managed to stay away from drugs he had "a good chance of reform".

Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, said his client was both mortified and disgusted by what he had done.

He said Stone came from an extremely respectable family who were now willing to accept him back as he was stable on a methadone programme in prison and was due to be placed on an enhanced regime.

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